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Coronavirus update 17/03/20

Following today’s statement on coronavirus by Boris Johnson, I’d like to let you know that Silverglades currently remains open!

In his statement, the PM said (and I’ve slightly edited it here for context) that:

  • If you or anyone in your household has a high temperature or a new and continuous cough, then your whole household should stay at home for fourteen days.
  • If possible you should not go out even to buy food or essentials, other than for exercise, and in that case at a safe distance from others. You should do what you can to limit your social contact when you leave the house to get supplies.
  • Even if you don’t have symptoms and if no one in your household has symptoms, now is the time for everyone to stop non-essential contact with others and to stop all unnecessary travel, to start working from home where they possibly can, and to avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues.
  • Avoiding all unnecessary social contact is particularly important for people over 70, for pregnant women and for those with some health conditions.

The PM’s full statement is available at

It should be possible to visit Silverglades and still comply with the spirit of his statement. However, please do not not visit Silverglades if you or anyone in your household has a high temperature or a new and continuous cough.

When visiting Silverglades, please bring your own hand sanitizer to use when handling padlocks on the gate and doors, and be aware that surfaces in the clubhouse and elsewhere may need cleansing before and after you touch them. If others are present when you visit, please try to keep at least 2m apart at all times, and spend as little time as possible in the clubhouse with them.

The situation with coronavirus is moving rapidly, and this advice may change.


Bird boxes

Two new RSPB Classic nestboxes were put up at the end of January 2020 to replace those taken down when the clubhouse fascias were renewed. Protective 5cm square stainless steel plates with 32mm opening have been added to protect the entrance and prevent larger birds and predators from enlarging the hole to gain access.

The boxes complement the bird feeders we installed last year

Best Days for Day Visits

Attending as a Day Visitor

Please note it can be difficult to arrange visits on the same day of enquiring. We need a few days notice to make arrangements for a committee member to accompany visitors. MBNC is a members-lead club and visitors are not allowed on site unaccompanied

As a guide, we can almost guarantee at least a Committee Member, if not Full Members, will be on site on all the following occasions:

  • The AGM on the second Saturday in September
  • Our annual Open Day on the second Sat in June, all welcome.
  • Committee meetings, usually on the second Saturday of the month from March to October.  However, the May 2020 committee meeting is on the first Saturday (02/05/20).
  • Nature Saturdays, usually on the last Saturday of the month from March to September. However, the March 2020 Nature Saturday is on the third Saturday (21/03/20)
  • Midweek afternoons, usually on Tuesdays from March to September commencing 1pm –  weather permitting!

Outside the above days, we will do our best to facilitate your visit but cannot guarantee the availability of any particular dates or pitches. We have members who live close to Silverglades who will be pleased to meet you on site, given sufficient notice of your visit. It’s a good idea to check the weather forecast first, as members are less likely to turn out when rain is forecast.

On your first visit, you will be asked to show photo ID and proof of address. Please ensure you have these with you. We do not take copies, we just want to ensure you are who you say you are


Roe deer

Putting Nature back into Naturism…

Look closely and you’ll see a young  female roe deer hiding in the wild flower meadow at Silverglades. Not at all bothered by my presence, or the noise we were making as we worked on repairing the clubhouse roof only 30 yards away